The northern terminus of the Lakefront Path is a good resting spot and watering hole. Unfortunately there are only a few options to continue -- Evanston is not one of them.
When October comes around the days get cooler, the weather less predictable, and one must take each day as if might be the last opportunity to ride. Our “Seniors” group tends to do Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at the beautiful Rulland Grove at DuSable Harbor. North or South depending on wind to the end of the train and back using an alternative set of streets. Routes that involve Evanston are rapidly becoming something that this author is putting on his “Do not ride” list. Sheridan Road or Chicago/Clark are really not bicycle friendly.
Fall rides are especially colorful with both leave and hardy wild flowers along the way. I need to bring my big, heavy, multi-lens SLR along to do justice to the scenery.
It’s not often that one can take advantage of a warm day in November with the foliage still near peak. Our ride took us along the Lakefront Path and then along the Channel Trail for one last look at the leaves.
Nothing like the promise of a beautiful October Fall day to prompt a ride. Although it started out a bit chilly and breezy, the sun was out in full force and the leaves were beginning to peak in color. It was a perfect day for a ride through the woods.
Prairie Duneland Trail
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It's a flat former rail line that runs through the woods between the prairie and the dunes.
You gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em — not hard when you ride a Dahon Folding bicycle, but always a disappointment when the inevitable rolls around here in Chicago. Yes, hardy cyclists ride year around but this 74-year old knows better and is also suffering from a respiratory infection that doesn’t seem to want to go away. When it does it’s time to break out the ice skates and make winter something to look forward to for the next few months. It helps to mix in a Caribbean cruise as well.
Here are some end of the season photos taken by my friend, Don, as we travel along the I&M Canal and Chicago River with a few of my cycling friends. Autumn is a great time to ride, but unfortunately too short.